Hi everyone! I know it has been a while since I’ve written anything, as life had become busy, stressful, and exhausting as a result of life circumstances coming together enough for me to freak out and resign myself to waiting for the right time. Finally, I see a lull in the activity around me that is enough to have made me think about taking a risk.
The risk, to be specific, is publishing a book of the poetry and other writings I have made over the years. From the time I was twelve, perhaps earlier than that, I’ve been passionate about writing. I’ve also been passionate about missions work and noticed that most of my writing has concerned the Gospel directly. What is more, many, many loved ones have told me I should publish some of my work, and I don’t see why not. At least, I’m willing to take the risk because I have considered it for a long time and I see now as being as good a time as any to do so. Finally, on the heels of my sister publishing two books a few years ago, which she continues to do today, came my decision to give it a shot.
(I threw this in here to give you an idea of Nicki’s work so far, which inspired me!)
If anyone is interested in checking out her work:
1) Here is Nicki’s blog: http://www.thenicolefactor.blogspot.com
2) This is the first of the aforementioned books:
(Somehow the image didn’t come up, so I am encouraging y’all to check out the link instead.)
3) This is the second of the two books in question:
4) For any other work you might like: Here is her Author Central page.
The final step in the decision-making process had to do with encouragement from a friend at church- many, actually- who pushed me to publish what I have written!
Therefore, to those of you who have followed my blog, YT channel, and such so far, thank you! Your support and continued interest in my work has motivated me considerably as well.
Above all, if Jesus isn’t in it, I’m done. I will walk away from everything willingly if ever there should come a time that I am more consumed with fame and fortune than reaching people for Christ, with money and fame as tools to do so. I have no doubt that God can use anything and everything in this world to spread His Gospel. After all, He made everything that exists and I see no reason not to continue to glorify His Name by the writing I’m doing. At least, I think so and I figure the risk is worth a shot!
I will also resume doing as I had promised previously and would appreciate suggestions, etc., to start again. Thanks be to God, y’all have been incredible motivators and I am grateful to know you, no matter how often or little we talk or otherwise communicate.
In that vein, I have one more question for the more experienced bloggers, authors, and such of the world: For a first-time/future published author like me, what advice do you have that helped you succeed in taking the risk and seeing it through? What kept you going, knowing the risk would be huge, but made doing so worth it? I would appreciate any constructive feedback that you would have to offer if you are so inclined. Thank you very much!
In His Name, may this be done, if this is His will.